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Debris From AirAsia Flight QZ8501 Has Been Located In The Karimata Strait

December 30, 2014 - The National Search and Rescue Agency Republic of Indonesia has confirmed today that the debris found earlier today is indeed AirAsia Indonesia Flight QZ8501, the flight that had lost contact with air traffic control on the morning of December 28, 2014.

The debris of the aircraft was found in the Karimata Strait around 110 nautical miles south west from Pangkalan Bun. The aircraft was an Airbus A320-200 with the registration number PK-AXC. There were 155 passengers on board, with 137 adults, 17 children and 1 infant. Also on board were 2 pilots, 4 cabin crews and one engineer.

Flight QZ8501 departed from runway 10 at Surabaya-Juanda Airport at 5:35 local time. The Airbus A320 then turned to a heading of 329 degrees over the Java Sea. At about 5:54 the aircraft reached its cruising altitude, FL320. The aircraft turned to a heading of 319 then to a heading of 310.


At about 6:12, over TAVIP waypoint the pilot contacted air traffic control (ATC) and requested a change in heading and to climb to FL380, due to turbulent conditions. ATC denied the pilots request due to other traffic in the area. However, the Airbus was cleared to climb to FL340. At about 6:18, the Airbus A320 signal was lost on radar.

At the present time, search and rescue operations are still in progress and further investigation of the debris found at the location is still underway. AirAsia Indonesia employees have been sent to the site and will be fully cooperating with BASARNAS, National Transportation Safety Committee (NTSC), and relevant authorities on the investigation. 

Sunu Widyatmoko, Chief Executive Officer of AirAsia Indonesia said “We are sorry to be here today under these tragic circumstances. We would like to extend our sincere sympathies to the family and friends of those on board QZ8501. Our sympathies also go out to the families of our dear colleagues.”



Tony Fernandes, Group Chief Executive Officer of AirAsia added “I am absolutely devastated. This is a very difficult moment for all of us at AirAsia as we await further developments of the search and rescue operations but our first priority now is the wellbeing of the family members of those onboard QZ8501.” AirAsia Indonesia will be inviting family members to Surabaya, where a dedicated team of care providers will be assigned to each family to ensure that all of their needs are met. Counselors, religious and spiritual personnel have also been invited to the family center to provide any necessary services.

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